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Philosophy, Philology, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century China
Li Fu and the Lu-Wang School under the Ch'ing


Part of Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions

  • Date Published: March 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521482257

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  • This book explains the general intellectual climate of the early Ch'ing period, and the political and cultural characteristics of the Ch'ing regime at the time. Professor Huang brings to life the book's central characters, Li Fu and the three great emperors - K'ang-hsi, Yung-cheng, and Chien-lung - whom he served. Although the author's main concern is to explain the contributions of Li Fu to the Lu-Wang school of Confucianism, he also gives a clearly written account of the Lu-Wang and Ch'eng-Chu schools from the twelfth century to the eighteenth. In a clear, succinct style, Huang explains the historical differences between the Ch'eng-Chu and Lu-Wang schools without sacrificing the subtleties of either. The book culminates in a discussion of the hero-emperor K'ang-hsi's appropriation of the 'Tradition of the Way' from his intellectual officials, which denied them their traditional role as moral censors and critics of the emperor's exercise of authority.

    • Brings to life its central characters, Li Fu and the three emperors he served
    • Will serve as a useful corrective to studies of Confucian thought
    • Discusses the price China has paid for the politicization of scholarship; relationship between state and intellectuals is currently garnering a great deal of attention
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521482257
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The original argument (1): 'Chu Hsi versus Lu Hsiang-shan' (Chu-Lu i T'ung): a philosophical interpretation
    2. The original argument (2): Wang Yang-ming and the problematic of 'Chu Hsi versus Lu Hsiang-shan'
    3. The critical dimension in the Confucian mode of thinking: the conception of the Way as the basis for criticism of the political establishment
    4. Li Fu: an example of the Lu-Wang scholar in the Ch'ing (1): his life
    5. Li Fu: an example of the Lu-Wang scholar in the Ch'ing (2): his thought
    6. Li Fu and the philological turn
    7. The price of having a sage-emperor: the assimilation of the Tradition of the Way by the political establishment in the light of Emperor K'ang-hsi's governance.

  • Author

    C. S. Huang, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

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